Staff Recommendations

A listing of staff proclivities, recommended by both past and present bookstore and publishing employees. Check back for new recommendations each month as we bring you the best of what we're reading or have read. Browse by title, author or staff member!



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Carceral Capitalism
Jackie Wang
Wang's perspective is both scholarly and poetic, perfect for drawing close analyses of complex political interconnections. --Recommended by Ivy
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The Third Hotel
A Novel
Laura van den Berg
Laura Van Den Berg's haunting exploration of the dislocating loneliness of grief is focused and intensified by the twin lenses of horror and feminist philosophy. The result manages the delicate feat of being both unsettling and deeply moving. - Recommended by Christopher P.
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Negrophobia
An Urban Parable
Darius James
Darius James's scabrous, unapologetically raunchy, truly hilarious, and deeply scary Negrophobia is a wild-eyed reckoning with the mutating insanity of American racism.
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Ways of Hearing
Damon Krukowski
Based on his ear-opening podcast, Ways of Hearing expertly chronicles the transition from analog culture to digital. And while Krukowski points out what is gained in the digital world, he also reminds us what we're losing- and who’s making those decisions for us. - Staff Picked by Andy & Paul
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Biased
Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt
Unconscious bias can be at work without our realizing it, and even when we genuinely wish to treat all people equally, ingrained stereotypes can infect our visual perception, attention, memory, and behavior. With a perspective at once scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Eberhardt offers us insights into the dilemma.
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Oculus
Poems
"The poems in Oculus are rangy, protean, contradictory. They offer an alternative to the selfie, that static reduction of a person to her most photogenic poses."—The New Yorker
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The Summer of Dead Birds
Ali Liebegott
A poet documents depression and grief in this autobiographical novel-in-verse.
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The Hole
José Revueltas
The Hole tells in visceral and terrifying detail the frantic moments leading up to a desperate scheme by 3 inmates to smuggle drugs into Mexico's infamous Lecumberre Prison. An ominous parable about post-revolutionary Mexico’s institutions and their intent on the individual, and a classic of modern Mexican literature. - Recommended by Josiah
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The Golden State
A Novel
Lydia Kiesling
The gorgeous becomes mundane, the mundane becomes gorgeous. Like trying to run in a dream only your feet won't move, and it’s coming closer, it’s coming closer... - Recommended by Vanessa
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Largesse of the Sea Maiden
Stories
Denis Johnson
A bewitching epitaph. Nobody reported from the haunted depths of American life quite like Johnson. - Recommended by Michael
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Grabbing Pussy
Karen Finley
In a breathless cascade of poetry and prose, celebrated performance artist Karen Finley here lays bare the psychosexual obsessions that have burst to the surface of today's American politics.
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Cat
Leonard Michaels
"You look at a cat, and it looks at you. You have the scary idea that a cat is a kind of person. You look more carefully and let the cat's eyes tell you what it sees. It sees you are a kind of cat."
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W. E. B. Du Bois's Data Portraits
Visualizing Black America
Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Britt Rusert
Recommended by Paul The colorful charts, graphs, and maps presented at the 1900 Paris Exposition by famed sociologist and black rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois offered a view into the lives of black Americans, conveying a literal and figurative representation of "the color line."
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The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish
A Novel
Katya Apekina
Gender and power dynamics spasm and ripple out of control in the most intimate spaces and, simultaneously, in a broader American context, framed by the 1960's student movements and the New York art scene of the 1990's. --Recommended by Ivy

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